Glenn Roeder took over as manager of Norwich City on October 31st last year, when the Canaries were bottom of the Championship. They are now in 13th place of 24 teams, and may even be able to make the playoffs this season.
Glenn Roeder – doing great in East Anglia with Lee Clark
Norwich had just 8 points from their first 13 games and in the 19 league games Norwich have played under Roeder and assistant manager Lee Clark, they have collected 34 points – an impressive record.
In fact, if you extend that record over 32 games they would be on 57 points and second top of the Championship, so itâ€™s promotion type form since Glenn took over. We know from looking at Roederâ€™s management background, when he joins clubs he does very well initially, but his problem is maintaining that initial success.
He did it when he was manager of West Ham United, and had that team in 7th place in the Premier League, their best ever position, in his first season in charge in 2001-2002. But the next season they were relegated, when they finished in 18th place. Admittedly the Hammers had 42 points, which is the highest points total of any team relegated from the Premier League.
Similarly at Newcastle, when he took over from the hapless Graeme Souness, we had only 26 points from 23 games in early February, but at the end of the 38 game season we had 58 points and were in 7th position. So in 15 games we gained 32 points in 2006.
In that season we gained 19 points from the last 7 games and ended up with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at home, with Titus Bramble scoring the winner after 73 minutes. We qualified for the Inter-Toto Cup, won it, and then went on to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup last year.
But in the league we were hopeless, and finished in 13th position, with our worst ever points total of 43. Roeder was sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, just before the end of last season.
Itâ€™s interesting to note that weâ€™ll be lucky to reach 43 points this season, and that this may be our worst ever performance in the Premier League ever.
We wish Roeder all the luck in the world, and donâ€™t be surprised if he takes a number of our outstanding youngster to Carrow Road, either permanently or on loan. Heâ€™s already signed South African Matty Pattison, and will probably make a move for Shola Ameobi in the summer. Ameobi could do well in the Championship and has always played well and scored goals for Glenn.
Other youngsters such as David Edgar could also find themselves getting good experience at Norwich. The Canaries are just 6 points off a play off position in the Championship, with 14 games to go, so there is also a chance that Norwich could qualify for the play-offs this season.
What do you think?